Elegant Trio

Watercolor painting of swan trio on water in snow by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Elegant Trio

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 15.5″h x 22″w, 2009.

This painting depicts the elegant beauty of a trio of trumpeter swans that grace the chilly waters of the Harriman River, Harriman State Park, in Idaho. The three are almost hidden against the snow in this little cove.

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River’s Grace

Watercolor painting of Swans on a river by Janet Tarjan Erl.

River's Grace

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 13 1/2″h x 12 1/2 “w, 1994.

I was inspired to do this painting of this small flock of Trumpeter Swans that I saw in the river in Harriman State Park, Idaho. Swans are very elegant birds and add just the right amount of beauty to even a cold landscape such as this.

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Swans in the Gray of Winter

Gouache by Janet Tarjan Erl of a Swans in winter.

Swans in the Gray of Winter

Medium: Gouache, Image Size: 7.5″h X12″w, 1996.

I experimented with this painting and did it as a purely gouache piece. Gouache is an opaque watercolor, and though it has an appearance similar to oil, it is a challenge to work with. For instance, all the colors dry darker when they dry, so you have to guess at what they will look like when they are wet. These two Trumpeter Swans turned out good, as did the snow and ice. I painted them resting gracefully in the frozen landscape. I saw them near Teton National Park.

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Swans of Winter

Watercolor painting of Swans by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Swans of Winter

Medium: Gouache, Image Size: 9″h X12″w, 2005.

I previously painted these geese in gouache, as a companion to Swans in the Gray of Winter, but I later decided to do this small painting in oil. Two trumpeter Swans rest on the snow and ice near Jackson Wyoming. This was the last painting I did before I found out I had cancer.

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